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ClickBank is one of the largest and most popular affiliate marketplaces online. It is home to hundreds of thousands of vendors who all offer digital products with a commissionable sales link. Anyone can become a ClickBank vendor, upload their product, and set commission rates, but only partners meeting specific criteria are eligible to join the marketplace as an approved vendor. This is because ClickBank has very strict standards for what is allowed on their platform and what isn’t. As such, they often reject new applicants if they don’t feel their product is up to the standard required. To become a ClickBank partner requires some research and time, not to mention a fair amount of expense – there are two different application fees (one for general partners and one for affiliate partners), along with a $100 registration fee for becoming a general partner. These costs might seem prohibitive at first glance; however, it’s worth digging into these details if you want to make money selling products on ClickBank in the future as this will open up your potential customer base significantly…
How to Become a ClickBank Vendor
Becoming an Affiliate Partner
Affiliate partners are essentially salespeople/marketers/growth hackers who promote products on behalf of vendors in exchange for a percentage of sales, paid out on a recurring basis. In this sense, you can think of affiliate partners as commissioned salespeople. The commission rate is set by the vendor and can range from 10-75%. It’s important to note that the vendor pays out regardless of whether the sale is made through ClickBank’s platform or not. This means that affiliate partners don’t need to be vendors themselves; rather, they can promote products from other vendors – as long as they are listed on ClickBank, of course. As an affiliate partner, you would be promoting ClickBank products from other vendors. You would have everything in place, including sales copy, product images, and a drop-shipping or affiliate link where you send the traffic once they have opted in. There are a number of requirements you will need to meet in order to become an affiliate partner. These vary depending on the vendor; however, the basic criteria are that you must be 18 years or older, reside in a country where ClickBank and its vendors are permitted to operate, and you must not have any past or pending legal actions listed against you. You will also need to sign a contract with the vendor outlining the terms of your partnership, as well as your payment details.
Becoming a General Partner
General partners are similar to affiliate partners in that they promote ClickBank products in exchange for a percentage of sales. However, general partners also take on the role of vendor, which means that you are responsible for managing your own drop-shipping or affiliate link, as well as the payment and refund process. You also have access to the vendor’s back-end and can see the number of sales, refund rates, etc. This makes it a lot easier for you to track your sales, and you also have more control over your business. General partners also have access to more products, which means that you can source products that are more relevant and specific to your target audience. The requirements to become a general partner are essentially the same as those for affiliate partners. You must be 18 years or older, reside in a country where ClickBank and its vendors are permitted to operate, and you must not have any past or pending legal actions listed against you. You will also need to sign a contract with the vendor outlining the terms of your partnership, as well as your payment details.
Which Products Are Commissionable?
Not all products on ClickBank are commissionable, so it’s important to do your research before applying to become a vendor on the platform. In order to be eligible for a commission, products must be digitally delivered, non-tangible, and must not require a license to be used. Interestingly, you can even sell e-books that contain information about services, such as how to hire a lawyer, so long as no advice is being given. Other product categories that are eligible for a commission include beauty, health, fitness, and dieting, productivity and organization, software, and marketing. Products that cannot be sold via ClickBank due to the fact that they are physical, require a license to be used, or are controlled substances or firearms, include: sporting goods and outdoor equipment, clothing and footwear, food and beverages, and pets and livestock.
The Pros of Being a ClickBank Vendor
As a vendor, you will have full control over your sales funnel and be able to tweak it as necessary. You can also expand your business as much as you want and market it to as many people as you like. If you are a particularly good vendor, you can scale your business to the point where you are earning thousands of dollars a day. That’s not to say that you won’t have to put in the work to get there, but it’s definitely possible. The best thing about being a vendor on ClickBank is that you are in full control. You can choose the products you are selling and the audience you are targeting. You also won’t have to deal with any drop shippers, pick and pack orders, or deal with customer service; instead, you can focus on marketing and scaling your business.
The Cons of Being a ClickBank Vendor
Being a vendor on ClickBank comes with its own set of challenges. You will have to deal with customer service, and you will have to be knowledgeable about your product and educate your customers, as well as deal with the risk of returns. You may also need to hire a lawyer to ensure that your product is compliant with the law and can be sold via ClickBank. The biggest challenge of all, however, is that you will be competing with other vendors for the same customers. This means that competition will be fierce and that you will need to stand out from the crowd in order to win customers over.
Final Words: Should You Become a ClickBank Vendor?
If you have been reading this article from the start and are still unsure as to whether you should become a vendor on ClickBank or not, you are in good company. It can be a lot to take in, especially if you have never done anything of this nature before. There is no right or wrong answer; it is simply something that you will have to weigh up for yourself. Before you make a decision, it’s important to do some research on the vendor application process and what is required. You will also want to do some digging into the products that are listed on ClickBank and decide which product or products would be best for you to sell.